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Brian Link



About Me

I'm a Software Engineering Manager. Currently a Director of 5 Agile Scrum software teams at Dell Software. Once led the development of as the first CTO there. Dabbles in startups, advising and instigating.,,

Lived in Buffalo, Boston, Lansing, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Greensboro. Visited many times: Montreal, Central Florida, NYC

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APuerto Rico: Non-touristy things to do in Puerto Rico?

I only spent 3 rainy days in Puerto Rico, but I took a self-guided back-roads tour to the slightly remote Arecibo Observatory​, the world's largest radio telescope. It was featured in a few different movies, including the final climax scene of James... See More

ASan Francisco: Road trip from California to New York: routes, places to see, sleep, & eat?

So many options and way too many choices :) I suppose you should narrow down which states you want to visit along the way. Or maybe one particular highlight that's important to you. Some people prefer the northerly route along route 90 because of the Dakotas and whatnot... See More

ASilicon Valley: How to meet interesting people and get an authentic insight?

I agree with University Ave in Palo Alto for meeting people. Bumping into famous strangers is hard, so I agree with the other answers about planning what you want to see and researching a bit first. Though VCs and startups do tend to visit Coupa Cafe.  As for understanding... See More

AMontreal: Hidden gems of Montreal

I used to work for a company based in Montreal and visited a lot. There are many great restaurants in Old Montreal and I could walk those old streets for hours, it's so scenic and cultural to me - like a slice of Europe. The Indian restaurant Restaurant Gandhi​... See More

ASan Francisco: Favorite coffee shops in SF?

Farley's​ on Potrero Hill is a classic San Francisco local coffee shop. Fantastic espresso, lattes and organic food. Grab a Scrabble game from the bookshelves or pick up a magazine or just work alongside the kids building the next big startup. Important... See More

ACalifornia: What are the must-see stops along highway 1 between San Francisco and LA?

Lots of great answers and unbelievable scenery along route 1. I've traveled the entire West Coast from San Diego to Seattle and it's amazing. Plan on stopping frequently and allowing extra time to explore small parks with beaches between Half Moon Bay​ and Santa... See More

ASan Francisco: What is a fun restaurant that serves food and drinks on the late side?

Surprisingly, SF restaurants often close pretty early. I lived in Pacific Heights for a while working at startups and was often looking for late night fare. Try Perry's​ or Harry's Bar​ if you're anywhere near Fillmore... See More

QOrlando: Tips for visiting Universal Studios in Orlando?

Hi. We'll be staying at the Royal Pacific. We currently have a 2 day pass (single park). Looks like I'll need to upgrade to park-to-park tickets though if we want to ride the new Hogwarts Express between the two Harry Potter parks. Has anyone done this yet? Can... See More

ASan Francisco: Unexpectedly photogenic areas in San Francisco

Not sure if it's too touristy or not (took me years of visiting before I really explored this park) but I'd make sure to put Baker Beach​ on your list. There are some amazing views of the Golden Gate from the opposite side. It does also tend... See More

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